Voice over may be one of the best careers out there (I’m not at all biased, I promise <wink, wink>), but it’s not for everyone. If you’re considering pursuing a career in this field, there are a few questions you should ask yourself before you get started. Here are the top 5:
1. Can you handle running your own business? Most VO actors work for themselves, so they do much more than just voice over readings. They handle their own branding and marketing, they close deals, they run their own sound booth, make their own edits, they negotiate payments, and on and on. It’s not easy, and it takes lots of time, effort, and dedication.
2. Are you open to criticism? If you want to get into voice over, you need to be, because you’re going to hear it. Not everyone is going to love your sound, and they’re going to let you know about it. To be successful in this field, you have to be open to criticism, and then be willing to take steps to improve yourself. And be willing to handle rejection, learn from it and not take it personally. Rather deal with it as a professional quirk and move on unscathed.
3. Are you willing to learn? Things are always changing in this industry, and you’ve got to be willing to learn and adapt if you want to make it. You can learn through classes and workshops that focus on improving your talent, or learning new tech and sound skills that will advance your career. Learning can take place in many arenas, and you must be open to them.
4. Are you good with not being paid regularly or immediately? It’s not uncommon for clients to wait 30 days to submit payment, and some will go even longer. If you need a more steady flow of cash, this may not be the career for you.
5. Are you patient and disciplined? The most successful voice over actors are the ones who know that success doesn’t come overnight, and who are focused and willing to put in the work. It can take years to build up a steady client base to justify a full time voice over career. Are you willing and able to put in the time?